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Food for Thought: Vintage Dog Food Labels
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It took three years to find the label art but adding the quotations, proverbs, and witty remarks took just as long. It is one of the most endearing parts of the book that ties everything together. People—especially famous people like comedians or literary figures—love their pets and have a lot to say about them. From Albert Einstein to Rodney Dangerfield, there were literally hundreds of quotations to discover and choose from. I wanted modern contemporary quotes from the famous and not-so-famous. Funny, insightful quotes and just interesting statements. All working seamlessly with the illustration art. All to capture the spirit, varied personalities and beautiful idiosyncrasies of our dogs. 

Do you have a favorite quotation?

My favorite is from George Carlin that I used to describe a label depicting a bunch of breeds all gazing out at you, all in a row: “Life is a series of dogs.”

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 78: Summer 2014
Cameron Woo is The Bark's co-founder and publisher. thebark.com

Reprinted from Dog Food For Thought: Pet Food Label Art, Wit & Wisdom by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain, published by Insight Editions © 2014.  

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